Samantha Woll: suspect arrested in murder of Detroit synagogue leader

By | November 8, 2023


Suspect arrested in Detroit murder last month the president of the synagogue, Samantha WollDetroit police announced Wednesday.

In a statement aboutPolice Chief James E. White said details of the investigation will remain confidential at this time.

“While this is an encouraging development in our desire to bring closure to Ms. Woll’s family, it does not represent the conclusion of our work in this case,” the statement said. “Details of the investigation will remain confidential at this time to ensure the integrity of remaining important steps…Investigators will continue to work with the Wayne County Prosecutors’ Office until the conclusion of this investigation.”

White previously said no evidence had surfaced suggesting the killing was motivated by anti-Semitism.

Yet Woll’s murder further shook a religious community grappling with Deadly Hamas attacks against Israel on October 7 and the conflict that followed, which reignited fears anti-Semitic incidents in the United States after those reaches new heights Last year.

Police have not identified the suspect in Woll’s murder. It is unclear what charges the suspect faces.

Woll, president of the board of trustees of downtown Detroit’s Isaac Agree Synagogue, was found outside her home with multiple stab wounds around 6:30 a.m. Oct. 21, about six hours after she returned from a wedding , the police said.

Police responded to a 911 call about a person “lying on the ground, unconscious” and followed a trail of blood from his body to his home, where investigators believe the crime took place, the police said. police.

Despite his prominent position in the Jewish community, authorities do not believe anti-Semitism played a role, White said. A large Israeli flag in Woll’s apartment was not touched, a police source told CNN.

More than two weeks ago, at a news conference, White said police had “a number of people we’re interested in” but were “just short of qualifying any of them.” “They’re suspicious.” Police also said they believed the attacker acted alone.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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